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Texas Senate approves anti-sanctuary cities bill in preliminary vote

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AUSTIN, TX- JANUARY 11: A person holds a sign as others belonging to the Tea Party movement convene at a rally at the Texas state capitol during the first day of the 82nd Legislative session on January 11, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The demonstrators picketed demanding true conservative values from elected officials. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

The state of Texas has been working very hard to pass anti-sanctuary city legislation, with Governor Greg Abbott giving little quarter on the subject when it comes to cities, or institutions that would defy the immigration laws, and harbor illegal aliens. Now they are one step closer.

Today, the Texas Senate held a preliminary vote for SB 4,  presented by state Sen. Charles Perry that would ban sanctuary cities from the state. The bill itself has been one of Abbott's top priorities for some time. The bill passed in a party line 20-11 vote.

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